My boat has the original painted on lettering on the stern from 1969. A recent thread explained using Easy Off to remove the old paint. I'm going to try that this weekend. I'm going to purchase vinyl lettering online as a replacement but don't know what size is typical or standard. Any ideas? Also, is it a boating faux pas to omit the boat's home port? Frankly, Wilmington, CA fails to conjure up visions of exotic locales.
Pretty boat. You care enough to ask, try to do a mock up on paper. Too many boat names on pretty boats are hideously out of scale.
I draw on CAD. It's pretty easy to get a rough shape of your stern to scale with pencil, too. Then try fonts and sizes. I like one font for the name, one font for the hail. It's often a good visual idea to follow the curve-line of the stern above the name. Hailing port can be straight or even follow the bottom of the stern.
Send what looks good to your vinyl cutter. They should be able to copy your scale and font and won't charge much or anything more for your creativity.
Usually, your haling port is smaller and I like a plain font for that. Some omit their home port. You can choose one nearby, you like better.
I just use my town harbor, ROCKPORT, and skip the Maine- Me. It just looks better to my eye.
I've never been mistaken for ROCKPORT, MA.,... the lesser.